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AVID students across the district collect supplies for children in Haiti

A group of Lake County AVID programs, including Lake Minneola High School, South Lake High School, Leesburg High School, Umatilla High School, and Carver Middle School came together to pack over 180 shoeboxes full of supplies for children who have been impacted by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

 During the days leading up to the hurricane, the students in the Umatilla High School AVID program began planning for ways to help send aid to Haiti, as experts predicted that the damage would be severe. “Once UHS developed a plan to send the aid through the shoebox campaign, we decided to pitch it to the other AVID programs in the county in order to expand our effort,” said Bryan Totten, who is the AVID Coordinator at Umatilla High. “On our own, we were able to pack 40 boxes. The South Lake High and Lake Minneola High AVID programs combined to add another 108 boxes. Carver Middle and Leesburg High came together for another 30. It was awesome to see Lake AVID come together and allow our students to impact the world beyond their classrooms.”

 AVID is an elective class in Lake County middle and high schools which helps “students in the middle” on their path to college. The program provides students with study skills and support in AP and Honors classes, promotes community service opportunities, grants access to college tours, and helps students through financial aid and college applications.

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